Garden Party “Happy Spring Festival” Held in Bangladesh

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Dhaka in Bangladesh [Time]    2018-02-23 14:31:09 
 

On February 4th, the campus of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) was filled with lanterns and streamers as well as cheering and laughter. The serial event of 2018 “Happy Spring Garden Party” under the theme of “Happy Spring Festival” was unveiled. The event was hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Dhaka and ULAB. Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative of UNESCO Dhaka, H. M. Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor of the ULAB, Sun Yan, Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh and other distinguished guests attended the event on invitation.


Guests unveiling the “Happy Spring Garden Party”

Sun Yan said at the opening ceremony that the Spring Festival is the most important festival for Chinese people, and joining the Chinese New Year Garden Party with one’s family and friends is a major way to celebrate the festival together. 2017 was a “Year of Friendship and Exchange between China and Bangladesh”, during which bilateral friendship embarked on new seas. It is hoped that the “Happy Spring Festival” event can make China and Chinese culture known to more people in Bangladesh boost China-Bangladesh friendship.


Sun Yan delivering a speech

Kazi Anis Ahmed, Vice President of ULAB thanked the Confucius Institute in his speech for choosing ULAB to jointly organize this event. While preparing the event, the two sides enhanced understanding, which laid a good foundation for further cooperation and exchanges in the future.


Jiangzhou Chundu Drum Music Troupe giving a jubilant drum performance

The garden party started with a jubilant Shanxi Jiangzhou drum performance, an intangible cultural heritage of China. The divisions of the Spring Square, the Amusement Park, the House of Lantern Riddles, the Handicraft Workshop and China Show fully displayed traditional customs and cultural background of the Chinese Spring Festival. The event was fun, entertaining and interactive. The visitors took an active part in such activities as solving word riddles, learning to write Chinese characters and trying hula-hooping and rope-skipping.


Students of the Broadcast Confucius Classroom in Bangladesh playing Tai Chi


Students trying Jiangzhou woodcut


Students trying Chinese paper-cutting


Students trying traditional Chinese folk costumes

It is particularly worth mentioning that the traditional Chinese paper-cutting and Chinese printmaking demonstrated by two inheritors of intangible cultural heritages coming from afar won great admiration and appreciation among the guests and students.


Distinguished guests trying picking up beans with chopsticks


Beatrice Kaldun writing Chinese character “Fu (Luck)”

During the event, Beatrice Kaldun herself tried printmaking, lantern riddle solving and Chinese character copying with great interest. H. M. Jahirul Haque said with deep feelings, “Chinese culture is extensive and profound, and we are amazed today!” In the end, a lion dance performed by the Bangladesh Dragon and Lion Sports Association concluded the event successfully.

 
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